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Living Intentionally in a Time of Uncertainty

It was way back in early March that my husband and I sat and watched what would end up being our son’s last soccer game of his prematurely ended indoor season. Back then, we talked quietly with the other soccer parents, wondering if our upcoming tournament in two weeks would be cancelled. It was, and so was everything else.

Now, nearly two month later, our community, like many others, has started to talk about what’s next.

Our province’s plan for what the future will look like, as expected, includes more “To Be Determined” than actual dates. In other words, we’ll be doing some things, but we’re not sure what, or when. This means that we register kids in fall activities that might not happen, we make loose plans for events that may never actualize, and we plan for an upcoming summer and school year without really having a clear idea of what they’ll even look like.

Being unable to make any solid plans for the future makes it really hard to feel like I’m living intentionally. Instead of having a firm monthly, weekly, or even daily plan in place, it feels as though I’m living day by day, not knowing if tomorrow I’ll be able to get a plumber in to fix the leaky shower (I was), or if next Thursday I’ll be taking the girls to the orthodontist appointment we made two months ago (turns out I won’t). And living day to day, not knowing what tomorrow will bring, makes me feel a little bit like a leaf in the wind, blown about by the whims of my will and my moods (and the moods of the family members I’m quarantined with), and not rooted at all to anything firm.

One thing that I know helps me to live more intentionally, and feel grounded by purpose, is something I’ve also been neglecting these days: making a daily resolution. And since I’m already overwhelmed by working from home in a full house, guiding reluctant children in online learning, and managing the emotional needs of a family of seven 24/7, I know my resolution can’t feel like just one more impossible thing I have to get done in an already impossible day.

Here are three steps to making a resolution so that it’s a habit that nurtures and grounds, instead one that simply overwhelms.

1. Read the Gospel daily

A resolution can come from anywhere, or be inspired by anything, but as Christians, we should ground ourselves daily in the Gospel. “Consider the immensity of my love,” said Jesus to St. Matilda of Hackeborn, “If you want to know it well, nowhere will you find it more clearly expressed than in the Gospel.”

2. Make a Simple Resolution

When trying to come up with a resolution, my advice is this: err on the side of simplicity. The goal is not to invent the most creative or challenging or charity-driven resolution possible, but, in fact, to carry it out. St. Francis de Sales calls the resolution that comes from prayer “the great fruit of meditation,” but he also cautions us against making resolutions we can’t – or won’t – keep. “Virtues meditated upon, and not practiced, often puff up the spirit, and make us imagine that we really are what we resolve to be,” says St. Francis. “We must, therefore, by all means, seek every occasion, little or great, of putting them in execution.” In other words, pick a resolution you know you can do.

3. Do It Immediately

Our Blessed Mother provides the perfect example of a resolution put promptly into action: immediately upon learning that she would conceive of the Holy Spirit, she sets out “in haste” to the house of her cousin, Elizabeth. Having encountered the Gospel, Mary resolves to act, and carries out her resolution in haste, without delay. Coming up with a resolution that can be done relatively soon means that you don’t have nearly as much time to forget to do it, too.

This might make resolution-making sound simple, but I know it isn’t always easy. If you have trouble coming up with practical, doable Gospel resolutions, follow the

Regnum Christi Daily Meditations; each one is concluded with a simple resolution that will help you live the day’s Gospel message in a simple and intentional way.

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!